Runner Up - Human Impacts
Title:
A Helping Hand
Photographer:
Pete Oxford
Age Group:
Over 18s
Region:
Americas
Country:
Belize
Human Impacts Winners' Gallery
Camera Used:
Nikon D7000
Image caption:

Great hammerheads and sharks in general, are on the decline on the Meso American reef in Belize. Working with MARAlliance, a Belizean, marine-based NGO, I was there to document shark tagging for their continued research to understand more of the species. Hammerheads are especially delicate animals, despite their fierce reputation and this weakened individual was offered assistance by ram-ventilation before release. Unfortunately, despite a supreme effort made by the team, it never made it. Thousands of sharks meanwhile in Belize are killed every year on long lines by local and international fishers.

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